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SMB Digest  February 24, Volume 16  Issue 8
ISSN 1086-6566

Editor: Ray Mejía ray(at)smb(dot)org

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Issue's Topics:
   President's Message: The Leah Edelstein-Keshet Prize
   BEER 2016, October 14-16, College of Charleston
   MBL Methods in Computational Neuroscience Course, Apply by March 7
   BioDynamics Workshop 2016, 7-9 September, University of Exeter
   CfA: NHLBI/NIDDK-NIH Mitochondrial Biology Symposium, May 19-20
   IEEE TMBMC Shannon Centennial Special Issue (Deadline 4/30/16)
   Researcher: Systems Biology of Farmed Salmon, NMBU, Ås, Norway
   NSF Funding Opportunity: NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conferences ...
   SMBnet Reminders


From: Santiago Schnell <schnells@umich.edu>
Date: Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 6:42 PM
Subject: President's Message: The Leah Edelstein-Keshet Prize

This month the Officers and Elected Directors of the Society for Mathematical
Biology unanimously approved the Leah Edelstein-Keshet Prize to recognize
the exceptional scientific contributions made by a woman in mathematical
biology.  The award will be given every other year beginning in 2017. It
will have two versions given alternately. In its first cycle, it will be
awarded to recognize a woman in an early stage of her career (assistant
professor level at the nomination deadline) who is making exceptional
scientific contributions to mathematical biology, developing a strong
independent research program, and exhibits the potential for continuing at
a high level of scientific endeavor and leadership. In its second cycle, the
award will recognize an established scientist (associate, or full professor)
with a demonstrated track record of exceptional scientific contributions to
mathematical biology and/or has effectively developed mathematical models
impacting biology. At the full professor rank, we expect that the recipient
will exemplify a high level of scientific endeavor and leadership. This
person should have made outstanding scientific achievements coupled with
a record of active leadership in mentoring scientific careers. The award
recipient will receive a cash award, plaque and will be invited to give a
plenary lecture at the Annual Meeting.

Leah Edelstein-Keshet became the first women President of the Society for
Mathematical Biology in 1995. She is the author "Mathematical Models in
Biology" a book of the SIAM Series "Classics in Applied Mathematics". Leah
Edelstein-Keshet is well-known for her outstanding scientific contributions
and service to mathematical biology and biophysics. Her scientific insight
and mentoring abilities have positively influenced many students over the
years. She is the recipient of the prestigious Krieger-Nelson Prize of
the Canadian Mathematical Society. Presently Leah Edelstein-Keshet is Full
Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of British Columbia.

Leah and Joshua Keshet are generously supporting the decision made by Officers
and Elected Directors of the Society for Mathematical Biology with a generous
donation helping to fund this award. If you like to make donations helping
to support in perpetuity this award, please send a check made out to:
"The Society for Mathematical Biology, c/o Lisette de Pillis" with the
memo stating "Donation SMB Keshet Prize". Donations should be mailed to:
The Society for Mathematical Biology c/o Lisette de Pillis, Department of
Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College, 301 Platt Blvd, Claremont CA 91711.

Santiago Schnell
President of the Society for Mathematical Biology


From: Callender, Hannah <callende@up.edu>
Date: Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 12:54 PM
Subject: BEER 2016, October 14-16, College of Charleston

The 9th International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology: Education
and Research (BEER 2016) will be held at College of Charleston, Charleston,
SC, USA during October 14-16, 2016. Please visit www.biomath.ilstu.edu/beer
for more information.


From: Mark Steven Goldman <msgoldman@ucdavis.edu>
Date: Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 8:46 PM
Subject: MBL Methods in Computational Neuroscience Course, Apply by March 7

Applications are open for the Methods in Computational Neuroscience course
at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. The course will run from
July 27 to August 24, 2016, and the online application form can be found at:


The course application deadline is *March 7*.

The course covers a range of topics in computational neuroscience including
neuronal biophysics, neural coding & information processing, circuit
dynamics, learning & memory, motor control, and cognitive processing &
disease. In addition, numerous tutorials and problem sets will cover a
broad range of computational and mathematical modeling methods. The course
strongly emphasizes the collaboration between theory and experiment in
solving neuroscience problems, and lectures will be given by a mixture of
theorists and experimentalists. The

Final weeks of the course are primarily reserved for work on projects
that students design in collaboration with the resident faculty. Further
information can be found on the MCN website:

2016 Course Directors:
Michale Fee, MIT
Mark Goldman, UC Davis

2016 Confirmed Faculty:
Larry Abbott, Columbia University
Steve Baccus, Stanford University
Carlos Brody, Princeton University
Emery Brown, MIT
Dmitri Chklovskii, Simons Foundation
Peter Dayan, University College London
Sophie Deneve, Ecole Normale Superieure
Uri Eden, Boston University
Bard Ermentrout, University of Pittsburgh
Adrienne Fairhall, University of Washington
Ila Fiete, UT Austin
Loren Frank, UCSF
Jack Gallant, UC Berkeley
Surya Ganguli, Stanford University
Maria Geffen, University of Pennsylvania
John Huguenard, Stanford University
Nancy Kopell, Boston University
Eve Marder, Brandeis University
Bartlett Mel, University of Southern California
Ken Miller, Columbia University
Terry Sejnowski, Salk Institute
Sara Solla, Northwestern University
Haim Sompolinsky, Hebrew University
Michael Stryker, UCSF
Josh Tenenbaum, MIT
Daniel Wolpert, Cambridge University


From: Warren, Sarah <Sarah.Warren@exeter.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 10:59 AM
Subject: BioDynamics Workshop 2016, 7-9 September, University of Exeter

BioDynamics Workshop 2016

The event will be the third in a series of international workshops designed
to bring together biologists, mathematicians, clinicians, physicists,
and computer scientists who are interested in dynamics and networks in the
biological and medical sciences. BioDynamics 2016 promises to provide an
exciting opportunity for scientists to present both methods and data in a
multidisciplinary forum and hear how interdisciplinary collaborations can
provide major conceptual advances in our understanding of complex biomedical
systems. You can find out more about the event here:


From: Sabriya Williams <sabriya.williams@STRATEGICRESULTS.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2016 15:22:24 +0000
Resent-from: Raymond Mejía <mejiar@helix.nih.gov>
Subject: CfA: NHLBI/NIDDK-NIH Mitochondrial Biology Symposium, May 19-20

Dear Colleague,

You are cordially invited to join us for the 2016 NHLBI/NIDDK Mitochondrial
Biology Symposium: Novel Roles of Mitochondria in Health and Disease,
at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, May 19-20, 2016.

The fourth in a series of conferences focusing on mitochondrial biology,
this symposium will build on the success of previous conferences and focus on
the following: Genetics of Mitochondrial Diseases, Mitochondria and Aging;
Mitochondria Genetics and Genomics; and Mitochondrial Genetics in Health
and Disease. This symposium will bring together the leading thinkers in
these areas of research to present the newest findings. We envision that
these presentations will spark debate and foster collaborations among
participants, with the goal of filling existing gaps in knowledge and
advancing this fast-moving field.

Additionally, the call for abstracts is now open.  We are seeking submissions
from early career scientists, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows in
your department or program. Science awards and oral podium presentation
awards are available on a competitive basis. The call for abstracts will
be open until April 8, 2016 on a first-come, first-served basis.



From: Peter Thomas <pjthomas@case.edu>
Date: Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 10:03 PM
Subject: IEEE TMBMC Shannon Centennial Special Issue (Deadline 4/30/16)

In honor of Claude Shannon's centennial:
We are pleased to announce a
Special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological, and
Multi-Scale Communications
Biological Applications of Information Theory
Submission deadline April 30, 2016

Claude Shannon, born April 30, 1916, pioneered the mathematical theory of
communication in his 1948 paper in the Bell System Technical Journal. 
Information theory has since provided the foundation for the digital
revolution in communications technology. In addition, it has provided
a powerful framework for investigating the fundamental limitations of
naturally occurring communications, particularly in biological systems. Early
applications included consideration of redundancy reduction in sensory
pathways (Attneave 1954, Barlow 1961), ionizing radiation and mutagenesis
(Yockey 1958), efficiency of metabolic processes (Johnson and Knudsen 1965),
and analysis of reliable computation in the presence of noise (Cowan and
Winograd 1963).

Modern developments have accelerated in recent years as a result of advances
in MEMS/NEMS and systems biology, the emergence of synthetic bacteria
and lab/process-on-a-chip techniques, and collection of large data sets
in both electrophysiology and cell biology. It is now possible to design
chemical "circuits", custom organisms, micro/nanoscale swarms of devices,
and a host of other new systems at small length scales, and across multiple
scales (e.g., micro to macro). This success opens up a new frontier for
interdisciplinary communications techniques using chemistry, biology,
and other principles that have not been considered in the communications
literature, as well as creating new ways of understanding the principles
underlying communication in biological systems at many scales.

The special issue will celebrate Shannon's centennial by highlighting success
stories and current progress in biological and bio-inspired information
theory. In particular, we hereby solicit both invited and submitted papers
in three interrelated areas:
1. Information theory and cellular/molecular biology/biochemistry (including
information theory and intercellular communication);
2. Information theory and neuroscience; and
3. Information-theoretic analysis of biologically inspired communication
systems (including nanonetworking and design of biologically implemented
information processing networks).

Contributions from researchers beyond the IEEE's typical audience are

Submission Instructions

Submissions will be collected via Manuscript Central,
http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tmbmc/ .

In your cover letter, state: "This paper is a submission for the Shannon
Centennial special issue". For further information, please contact the
corresponding guest editor, Prof. Peter Thomas (pjthomas@case.edu).

Special Issue Guest Editors
Prof. Alexander G. Dimitrov
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience
Washington State University, Vancouver, Washington, USA               
Prof. Faramarz Fekri
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Prof. Aurel Lazar
Department of Electrical Engineering
Columbia University, New York, New York, USA

Prof. Stefan M. Moser
Signal and Information Processing Lab (ISI)
ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Hsinchu, Taiwan

Prof. Peter J. Thomas*
Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Biology
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

*corresponding guest editor


From: Jon Olav Vik <jonovik@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 5:23 AM
Subject: Researcher: Systems Biology of Farmed Salmon, NMBU, Ås, Norway

Position available: Researcher, systems biology of farmed salmon (NMBU,
Ås, Norway)

The Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences seeks a systems
or mathematical or computational biologist to work on the systems
biology of farmed salmon (3-year researcher position with possibility of
extension). Salmon farming is a big industry in Norway and ripe for systems
biology applications thanks to the recent sequencing of the salmon genome.

The project "Towards the Digital Salmon: From a reactive
to a pre-emptive research strategy in aquaculture (DigiSal
is part of Digital Life Norway
the first call dedicated to systems biology by the Research Council of
Norway. DigiSal will promote sustainable growth of salmon farming by building
model-based knowledge about how salmon responds to novel sustainable feed
ingredients. This project combines nutritional expertise, cutting-edge salmon
genomics, high-throughput omics technologies and model-based analysis of
omics data.

The successful candidate will work within the Centre for Integrative Genetics
(CIGENE http://www.cigene.no/), which includes comprehensive molecular
lab facilities and a strong environment dedicated to bioinformatics and
mathematical modeling. 

Main tasks: Analyze how salmon metabolism depends on variation in diet
and genotype, based on omics and microscopy data and using a variety of
modelling frameworks, both top-down multivariate analysis and bottom-up
metabolic network modelling.

The successful applicant will be part of a highly inter-disciplinary group,
with possibilities for visits to collaborators in the Systems and Synthetic
Biology unit in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The researcher will work closely
with a dedicated systems biology informatics manager to ensure findable,
accessible, interoperable and reusable data and models.

Full advertisement:

Application deadline: Monday 2016-03-07. Email enquiries welcome: Jon Olav
Vik, jonovik@gmail.com.

Please forward this announcement to anyone you think might be interested!


From: Henry Warchall <hwarchal@nsf.gov>
Date: Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 12:43 PM
Subject: NSF Funding Opportunity: NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conferences ...

Dear Colleagues,

This is a reminder concerning an NSF funding opportunity:

NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conferences in the Mathematical Sciences

Full Proposal Deadline Date: April 29, 2016

Please see


for details.

Program synopsis:

The NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conferences in the Mathematical Sciences are
a series of five-day conferences, each of which features a distinguished
lecturer delivering ten lectures on a topic of important current research
in one sharply focused area of the mathematical sciences. CBMS refers
to the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, which publicizes
the conferences and administers the resulting publications. Support is
provided for about 30 participants at each conference. Proposals should
address the unique characteristics of the NSF-CBMS conferences, outlined
in the Program Description.


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